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Updated: 09/10/13    

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.

With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.

'What's in the bag?' asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, 'It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband.'

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two.  Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:

'Good trade.....'  


"Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.  The presidency is less an office than a performance."

   President Harry Truman
   (1884 - 1972)


Think you have command over your body?  Try this....while sitting down, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it.    


Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.        



Penser the Bull Snake  (Part 1)   Part 2

One day as I was driving away from the house, I glanced at my front door and saw something unusual.  It was a bull snake, slowly coming out of the dryer vent.  As I approached, he didn't seem scared, but kept motioning his head and body toward my front door.  I said to the snake that I had to run some errands in town for a few hours, but that if he was still there when I got back, he could come in.

When I got back, he was still by the front door.  I opened it and he crawled right in, first heading for the wood pile by my fireplace, then the more soothing darkness and comfort of the front closet.  That night, New Mexico got hit by a one of the strongest winter storms in its history.

Penser is still living with me, freely roaming in the house, taking care of rodents living under the house, and eating any live mice I buy at the pet store.  I'm sure as the warmth of spring emerges, he'll want to get back outside.  For now, he seems quite satisfied, hanging out under the stove, in the pantry, or in the sunlight on the floor.   Feeding happens once a week when I put a large jar with some mice near the stove.

At the bottom of the page I've included some short movie clips if you want to see him in action.



This next set of images came from a friend - their bull snake crawled into one of the bird nesting boxes on their property.  Their snake, having just gobbled up 4 baby birds, was so thick he couldn't exit the nest, so they had to dissemble the box!

(These movies are short clips, but large file sizes - 10 MB or more - don't attempt downloading unless you have high-speed Internet)

First Sighting on the Porch            Coming Inside

Reaching for the Ceiling                Having a Snack